Wednesday December 5, 2012Gators in the NBA
The University of Florida men’s basketball team earned its highest national ranking since the end of the 2006-07 season. Current NBA players Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Marreese Speights were all members of the 2006-07 squad. The four aforementioned and six other former Gators have been enjoying success on the court this year too, but in the professional ranks.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Over the past week, Washington won their first two games of the regular season, defeating Portland and defending champion Miami. Beal scored 10 points against the Heat. For the year, he is averaging 10.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner has played in 14 games for San Antonio this season. He has averaged 4.2 ppg and 1.6 rpg. Bonner tallied 10 points against Miami on Thursday, November 29.
Corey Brewer, Denver Nuggets
Brewer has played in every game for Denver this year, averaging 10.5 pgg and 3.1 rpg. In the Nuggets’ last contest, Brewer recorded a season-best 19 points against Toronto on Monday, December 3.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem, Miami’s all-time leader in rebounds, has played in every game for the Heat this season. He is averaging 3.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg through 16 games.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford has continued his stretch of great play since being named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, November 26. This past week, he had a double-double in every game for Atlanta. Horford is averaging 15.9 ppg and 9.5 rpg for the year.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee continues to be a beast on the boards for Golden State this season. He is averaging 10.7 rpg, which ranks fifth in the league. In addition, he is second on the team in scoring, with 17.4 ppg. Against Denver, Lee scored a season-high 31 points on 13-of-15 shooting on Thursday, November 29.
Mike Miller, Miami Heat
Miller has played in every game but two for Miami this year, averaging 3.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He was one point shy of his season-best with 11 points in the team’s latest game against Washington on Tuesday, December 4.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah leads Chicago in steals and blocks through 16 games, averaging 1.4 spg and 2.3 bpg. He is also averaging 13.0 ppg and 9.8 rpg. His mark of 9.8 rpg is tied for 10th in the league. Last week, Noah recorded a double-double in every Chicago victory.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Houston’s second-leading scorer, Parsons has been averaging 15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 3.5 apg. Against Utah on Saturday, December 1, he recorded 19 points.
Marresse Speights, Memphis Grizzlies
Speights has played in every game this season for the NBA’s best team. He is averaging 6.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Against Toronto on Wednesday, November 28, Speights matched his season-best with 18 points and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds.